Let me share a line I got by reading a post titled, “How To Lift Others Up Without Them Pulling You Down:” “Be careful not to fall into the trap of helping others without first looking in your own “spiritual mirror” because this may have eternal consequences.”
Helping others is a fundamental Christian duty. However, reading the line above reminds me that we cannot just offer our help to others. In order for us to be worthy of giving other people a hand at their spiritual journey, we must first take the time to evaluate the quality of our lives. As they say, “you can’t give what you don’t have.”
I’d like to think of it this way, when we offer to rescue someone from a sinking boat, it is only right that we make sure that our boat is not sinking too. How we live our lives does more witnessing and evangelizing than any of our words can. It really is true that you can’t give what you don’t have.